A book company said Wednesday that it will release on September 11 a firsthand account of the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Christine Ball, director of marketing and publicity for Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Group USA, said the book was written by a Navy SEAL under a pen name.
Although CNN has confirmed the name of the SEAL, the network agreed not to publish his identity at the request of Pentagon officials who said the information might lead to other SEALs on the raid being identified through social media links.
After The Associated Press and Fox News reported the SEAL’s name online Thursday, many other websites, including The New York Times and USA Today, published his identity.
The book is entitled “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.”
The former Navy SEAL was on the Bin Laden raid, according to Pentagon officials. The 36-year-old chief petty officer left the Navy as a highly-decorated commando in April, but he could be subject to criminal prosecution, they said. …
The book account includes the stealth helicopter crash that could have killed the author and his teammates, his publisher said. …
U.S. Special Operations Command has not reviewed the book or approved it, a Defense Department official said. Officials only recently became aware the former SEAL was writing a book but were told it encompasses more than just the raid and includes vignettes from training and other missions. …
They would like to see a copy, the official said, to make sure no classified information is released or the book contains any information that might out one of the team members.
Officials have been told that some of the profits are going to charity. …
The raid occurred in a span of 38 minutes, after CIA reports of repeated sightings of a tall man doing “prison yard walks” around the yard of the housing compound in Abbottabad, which was under constant surveillance, an official said on condition of anonymity a few days after the raid.
U.S. authorities did not definitively determine beforehand that the man was bin Laden, but they eventually concluded that there was enough evidence to go through with the operation.
One helicopter made a hard landing when it apparently came too close to a wall. It landed inside the western side of the compound with its tail rotor over the southern wall.
The first man killed in the mission — which the U.S. official said was code-named Operation Neptune Spear — was the Kuwaiti courier who had worked for bin Laden. He was shot dead after a brief gunfight in a guest house. From that point on, it is believed no other shots were fired at the U.S. forces, the official said — which contrasts with early U.S. government reports describing the operation as a “firefight.” …
The troops then moved into the compound’s three-story main building, where they shot and killed the courier’s brother. As they went upstairs and around barricades, one of bin Laden’s sons rushed at them and was killed. Neither of these men had weapons either on them or nearby, the official said.
The U.S. official said that the team then entered the third-floor room where bin Laden was, along with his Yemeni wife and several young children. The al Qaeda leader was moving, possibly toward one of the weapons that were in the room, when he was shot, first in the chest and then in the head. He never had a gun in hand but posed an imminent threat, according to the U.S. official.
Bin Laden’s body was flown to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, then in the North Arabian Sea. After DNA tests and further confirmations of his identity, he was buried at sea within 12 hours of his killing “in conformance with Islamic precepts and practices,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
President Obama met with some of the Navy SEALs, often referred to as SEAL Team Six and officially as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. …
Not sure of the point of the pseudonym at this point… His real name is all over the net now, thanks to FOX News… which is so weird when you think about it. Faux News has been such an arm of the propaganda machine, and here they ignore all of their contacts and reveal something that could endanger National Security? Hmmm.Â Yeah, I guess that’s him below in the photo from PatDollard.com
A purported â€œMatt Bissonnetteâ€ aka â€œMark Owenâ€ Navy Seal book on Bin Laden is prompting controversy. Is â€œMark Owenâ€ actually Matt Bissonnette, 36, of Wrangell, Alaska, a former Navy Seal Team 6 member, and is Bissonnette publishing a book about the raid on Osama bin Laden this September 11? Yes, claims FOX News today.
The â€œMark Owenâ€ Navy Seal book on Bin Laden has prompted a sea of controversy, and now an investigation. â€œNo Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Ladenâ€ is being published on September 11, 2012, as reported yesterday on LALATE. The book immediately prompted concern from the White House. Using the pseudonym of â€œMark Owenâ€, the author will detail how the raid on Osama Bin Laden was effectuated in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011.
Now, FOX News is claiming that Mark Owenâ€™s real name is actually Matt Bissonnette, 36, of Wrangell, Alaska. No picture of Bissonnette has yet to be published. No Facebook nor Twitter account has been identified.
Late yesterday, the Navy denounced the publication of the book for failing to be vetted by the U.S. government ahead of time. Christine Ball, a spokeswoman for the publisher, Dutton, claims that Dutton vetted the book internally. But the White House and the CIA are claiming that is not sufficient.
It’s so great that these Supper Secret Seals are not having their communications monitored when everyone else in America is.Â That’s how, I guess, “Matt” could write this whole book, make the deal with the publisher and so on, without raising any alarm bells. According to PatDollard.com, “critics are concerned that Fox has opened â€œOwenâ€ up to potential violent reprisals from jihadists seeking to avenge bin Laden; and the outing opens the SEAL up to legal troubles with the Justice Department for exposing classified information.”
A conspiracy theorist might say that there is a greater concern about people finding out the End of Bin Laden story is a fraud using what “Matt” has said to various people since the mission. Then again, knowing the real Seal is the real deal could sink the conspiracy theories. On the other nose, there may be no Matt Bissonnette at all, just some fake bait to find out who goes snooping around in Wrangell, Alaska. (Population 2,382 – Jul 2011) If anything bad happens there, you can blame FOX for letting the Matt out of the bag.
Bissonnette Meaning:Â Â dweller at or near an area of scrub land or by a prominent clump of bushes. – link
The USA certainly has a clump of Bush’s.